- To help children learn the numbers 1-10
- Provide an opportunity to practice rhythmic and listening skills
- To have fun singing as a group while celebrating Valentine's Day
Before You Start: Cut 10 hearts out of construction paper. Make them generously-sized and easy to read from a distance. (Colorations® Heavyweight Construction Paper is ideal for this project.) Print the numbers 1-10 on each of the hearts and display from a chalk board, white board or a place where everyone can see them.
Let's Get Started! Step 1. Talk to the children about the numbers 1-10; this can be related to how we each have 10 fingers and 10 toes.
Step 2. Practice counting 1-10 with the children.
Step 3. Point to each of the numbered hearts, counting from 1-10.
Step 4. Now it's time for songs! Sing the songs below while pointing at each of the hearts and at each of the numbers. Songs should be sung to the tune of "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star". Repeat them a few times for emphasis. One, two, three, four, five. I've got a little heart-shaped jive, Six, seven, eight, nine, ten, I'm going to give it to my friend. It's a card to say hello, A Valentine surprise, you know! (Repeat.)
Step 5. Take hearts from board and place back as you sing the song below. A valentine heart for you and me, Add one more and then there's three. Add another, (place another heart up) And another, (place another heart up) Now we have five altogether! Six and seven and eight and nine, (place one heart up for each number added) ten little hearts for you, Valentine!
Furthermore: Take the hearts down from the board and scatter on the floor. Have the children point to them and say the numbers. The children can also help put them back in order, and the group can practice counting 1-10 once again. Rote counting and recognizing the numeral symbol for each number does not mean the child has a thorough knowledge of numbers. To add depth to this activity, allow the children to count items, such as blocks or other manipulatives, and show they know how many items equal each number. For example, when talking about the number 5, have the children take a set of blocks and count five blocks. This will add to the cognitive development of the child’s learning about numbers.
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